Huntley graduate Serianna Dehmlow was honored by the Upper Iowa University Athletic Department with its Petey’s Peacock Service Award for the 2019-20 school year.
Dehmlow, a junior who runs cross country and track and field, logged 155 volunteer hours between being a peer mentor at UIU, being active with the Fayette Community Church in Fayette, Iowa, the Fayette Lions Club and regularly volunteering at Maple Crest Nursing Home, Fayette Public Library and at several events across campus.
Dehmlow was credited with 86 commitments with 10-plus groups throughout the year.
“I was very blessed and honored to be a part of such wonderful track and cross country teams, and to accept this prestigious award because of how I inspired my friends, family, teammates, coaches and many peers at Upper Iowa,” Dehmlow said. “I even encourage incoming freshman athletes and other peers to do the same because it is very good to put on your résumé and it changes your life as a whole.”
Dehmlow, who has autism, competes at the NCAA Division II school. She often used Wednesdays, when she did not have classes, to do a lot of volunteer work. On those days, she worked at Maple Crest Nursing Home, then, after practice, she helped the Fayette Community Church with the sound system for its Kids Zone.
“What drove me to start getting more involved within the community is when I heard something about a Miss Peacock award for seniors that my friend’s older sister had won last year,” Dehmlow said. “That made me start getting involved more and lending a hand to others within the community.”
Dehmlow is an avid weight lifter, despite being a distance runner, and holds the Peacocks’ women’s school record for the 10,000 meters.